Here at the Jays Journal we were all ready for the opening of Minor League Baseball. The unfortunate issue is unless you were playing a game in sunny Florida you did not get a chance to play today. The system had three rain outs an plenty of rescheduling that we are ready to fill you in on.
Buffalo Bisons vs Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
Triple – A
This series has not only been rained out for Thursday but will also be postponed on Friday. The Herd will be ready to open up their season this Saturday at 1 PM EST. According to the teams website all the normal opening day festivities will be taking place prior to the game. Which included the typical magnet schedule freebie to the first 10,000 fans that arrive at Coca-Cola field.
Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel will be throwing out the first pitch and his Bisons uniform will be given to a lucky fan in attendance. Eichel is pictured below sporting the gear that he will autograph and hand out. Casey Lawrence and the new look Bisons will be facing off against Johnny Barbato.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Binghampton Rumble Ponies (Mets)
Double – A
This game was also rained out and will pick up Friday at 6:35 PM EST. Sean Reid-Foley will make his Double-A debut against Tyler Pill. Reid-Foley is currently ranked as the Blue Jays second best prospect according to MLB.com. He will lead a very talented young group out into battle Friday. The Fisher Cats have 10 of the top 30 Jays prospects on their roster to open the season.
Dunedin Blue Jays at Clearwater Threshers (Phillies)
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High Single – A
Believe it or not this game was not rained out! Ryan Borucki got the start for the D-Jays and pitched pretty well for his first start of the season. He was able to near unhittable through 5 innings of work but he would allow 2 earned runs during the outing. The Threshers were able to put the pieces together in the 4th and 5th inning to score 3 runs. Borucki showed good control and walked just 1 batter while striking out 4 batters.
The D-Jays just could not solve the puzzle that was the Threshers pitching. Starter Zach Eflin allowed just 1 hit to the D-Jay. To make things even worse all 3 hits that they did manage against the Threshers were all hit by Jays catcher Danny Jansen. Jansen had a solid night and finished 3-4 for the game. Just to clarify the D-Jays entire team is still batting .000 except for Jansen who is sporting a solid .750. They will look to improve on the number of strikeouts on Friday as they struck out 11 times as a team.
Jordan Romano will be making his Dunedin debut after having a solid season with the Lugnuts this past season. He pitched 72.2 innings and owned a 2.11 ERA. He will be facing Jose Taveras of the Threshers at 6:05 PM EST.
Lansing Lugnuts at the Great Lake Loons (Dodgers)
Single – A
The Lansing Lugnuts will open the season Friday against the Great Lake Loons at 4PM EST as part of a double header. Justin Maese will be getting the start in game 1 and is looking to build on a solid performance from this past season. This will be the first full season for the talented 20 year old and has already performed well in Lansing. He will be taking on Leo Crawford of the Loons. The pitchers for game 2 are still to be determined.